Archive for the ‘Spinning’ Category

This blend is carded with Bleu du Maine, Alpaca, Mohair and Silk……..
The second time I carded small nests…… it feels gorgeous….
This 400 gr. will accompony me wherever I go, together with my Rose…..

I can spin rather thin.

I often choose the Navaho/Navajo plying, because I like a 3 ply yarn.
Now I wondered if I could  do this  with two singles?
I gave it a try……

I crochet the two singles at the same time and the final result will be a 6 ply.

As you can see it is possible. When I took the yarn of my skein winder it twirled to the left a lot.
To much ply! I unplyed it  a little in the spin direction and now it looked and felt better.
It did twirl a little to the right though, but not as much as it did at first to the left.
I am content. It still is a very thin yarn, but it was a nice experiment and a lot of spinning 🙂

Yes, I really won this beautiful blend. It was given by  ‘het wolbeest’  The photo shows blue and green, but it is turquoise and green, my favorite colours.
The blend of  turquoise is Swifter/Merino/Camel / silk and angelina. The green  is ‘Fries-melkschaap’ / Merino, mohair, Camel and soy-silk.
Now I have to decide: spinning or felting?
Not easy…but the blend is so beautiful, I think, in the end,  I will choose for spinning.
The only thing I did was RT a tweet, can you imagine!?
It feels so soft…gorgeous. Thanks Alexandra.

Puh…finally on my way with the right pattern for my own spun yarn. A blend of Alpaca and Jacob Humbug.
All seems to go well now and in time it will be a finished sweater.
Here you can find the pattern I use….garnstudio

 

This shawl is very warm and nice to wear.
If you want to see how it was made, please click  this page.

Jacob Humbug and Alpaca
Jacob and Alpaca singles were plyed

Busy knitting.
I use the false fishermans rib.

Yes…..I finished my 1 kilo merino tops. I wanted to make a thicker thread and I succeeded.
It has become a really bulky yarn. I named it  ‘Many Coloured’ .
It was Navaho / Navajo plyed and the total length is 1017 m.
Next step: knitting!

This third week I started to spin again, but Tuesday was my last day. My four year old friend came to stay with us and I knew my time would be scarce. So I left  the team.
Nevertheless I did some Navajo plying and knitted a small sample

This second week I did spin, but not that much, only one full bobbin.
I tried to make an evenly, thicker thread. To make it more easy the tops were divided in 8 thinner lengths.That went well. I will do some Navajo plying and some knitting and ……keep my fingers crossed.

In the meantime I went on  blending  Ryeland fleece / cria alpaca / kid mohair / angora. The total weight is +/-  40 grams.

 

The yarn on the bobbin and the yarn at the top ‘left’ were already spun.
I plyed with mercerized cotton.

While spinning,  I will be  busy with carding  my Ryeland fleece too…..
…..I will  blend it with kid mohair, angora and cria alpaca
It’s a project so long waiting on my ‘to-do’  list

I joined the Tour de Fleece spin-along on Ravelry today….27 june.
When the real  ‘Tour the France’ starts, we are solidary…….
First I will go on spinning my blend of alpaca / hampshire down.
The hampshire down is ‘sun’  dyed with crushed,  green walnuts.

Spinning and knitting at the Farm and Country Fair and intending to buy nothing at all…
unfortunately my husband insisted on giving me …… a  huuuuuuge present 🙂
Enough for a cardigan…1 kilo……..

At ‘the Dutch Annual Spinning Day’ I bought space dyed soybean tops.


At the start, spinning was a little slippery, but I managed after a while.
It was  plyed with a silk thread.

 

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